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on the flag was the badge of his corps. McClellan was called to Washington and placed in commas of the nation, led to the adoption, by General McClellan, of certain recommendations that were man front of Yorktown. On May 3, 1862, all of McClellan's encircling guns, with the exception of two chance to test their power and efficiency. McClellan has been criticised for dilatory tactics at ost, as the Confederates left on May 3d, and McClellan's elaborate siege batteries never had a chananklin's division of McDowell's corps joined McClellan on the Peninsula, it took with it four batteign was over, and it was decided to withdraw McClellan, the main Federal army in front of Washingtoncentration of all the Confederate armies on McClellan as the latter was withdrawing. Pope accordid in the center of his position at Antietam, McClellan placed several batteries of long-range He obtained permission from Halleck and McClellan to reconnoiter up the Tennessee and Cumberla[2 more...]
The Confederate artillery—its organization and development David Gregg McIntosh, Colonel of Artillery, Confederate States Army The largest Confederate gun at Yorktown — a 64-Pounder burst in the effort to reach Federal battery no. 1 in McClellan's works before the beleaguered Confederate city The organization of the Confederate field-artillery during the Civil War was never as symmetrical as that of the cavalry and infantry, and its evolution was slow. This was due in part to the lack of uniformity in the equipment of single batteries, and the inequality in the number of men in a company, running all the way in a 4-gun battery from forty-five to one hundred, and also to the tardiness with which the batteries were organized into battalions with proper staff-officers. The disposition of the Government was to accept all bodies which volunteered for a particular branch of the service, and this did not tend to due proportions between the different branches. Outside o
rees are in full bloom. eyes were directed to General McClellan, whose successes had already made him a marked apprehension and demand for protection. When General McClellan's splendidly organized army took the field agablic and sent it scurrying behind the forts. When McClellan left Washington for the front, the act In formis, after the disasters of the first campaign under McClellan, placed also in command. He says that it was evidt movement of troops in the Virginia theater. General McClellan proposed, in January, 1862, to transfer the Arnd. A council of division commanders decided that McClellan's plan was good, but that the forts on the right bn ought to be left for the defense of Washington. McClellan sought to combine his own necessities with the exihmond. However, the Secretary of War decided that McClellan's inclusion of the Shenandoah troops in the defendon of Washington for his field-army — a thing that McClellan had wanted to do and was prevented — there was lit
plan had not been found satisfactory. there were one million Springfields on hand in the armories, and about one-half million captured muskets of domestic McClellan's guns and gunners ready to leave Yorktown this photograph of May, 1862, shows artillery that accompanied McClellan to the Peninsula, parked near the lower whMcClellan to the Peninsula, parked near the lower wharf at Yorktown after the Confederates evacuated that city. The masts of the transports, upon which the pieces are to be loaded, rise in the background. On the shore stand the serried ranks of the Parrott guns. In the foreground are the little Coehorn mortars, of short range, but accurate. When the Army of the Potomac embarked early in April, 1862, fifty-two batteries of 259 guns went with that force. Later Franklin's division of McDowell's Corps joined McClellan with four batteries of twenty-two guns, and, a few days before the battle of Mechanicsville, McCall's division of McDowell's Corps joined with an equal number of batteries and guns. This made
for the Peninsula, and Manassas was evacuated immediately. The quaker guns were still in position when the Federals took possession of the Manassas works. When McClellan arrived on the Peninsula, he found that the Confederates were there ahead of him in sufficient force to place works across from Yorktown, utilizing, in a large m country and the formikleble nature of these artificial defenses are remembered. Practically every foot of the way from Ringgold to Atlanta was entrenched. McClellan's army was delayed a month before the Confederates evacuated. The preliminary reconnaissances by the Federal engineers persuaded McClellan that a regular siegMcClellan that a regular siege of Yorktown was necessary, and accordingly strong works were erected opposite those of the Confederates. Emplacements for heavy guns and parapets to protect them were pushed to completion. Regular siege-works, consisting of parallels and approaches, were projected. The Confederates held the position until the last moment, and
ut the structure was completed in about eight hours, and General Banks' corps, with all its trains and artillery, crossed safely and without delay. For a time the battalion was engaged in keeping the bridge in position and in good repair. General McClellan, himself an engineer of renown, stated in a letter to Secretary of War Stanton that it was one of the most difficult operations of the kind ever performed. Immediately after returning to Washington from Harper's Ferry, the engineer trooprison's Landing on the withdrawal from the Peninsula, the battalion was sent to Fort Monroe to replenish its materiel, and thence to the mouth of the Chickahominy, where, in a short time, a fine pontoon bridge was constructed for the passage of McClellan's entire army. This bridge was 1980 feet long, and for the most part was Engineers, East and West When the war broke out, General John Gross Barnard had just published Dangers and Defences of New York (1859) and Notes on sea-coast
nally surrendered on April 11, 1862. Gettysburg was an illustration of the corps' resourcefulness; for in this instance pontoon boats were lacking. The expedition with which material was collected, boats built, and the bridge constructed was most creditable. The pontoon bridges for the engineer troops in Virginia were built at Richmond under the direction of the engineering bureau, and were in accordance with the plans and specifications prescribed by Captain (afterward General) George B. McClellan, United States Corps of Engineers, in one of the engineering papers published some years prior to the War between the States. The pontoon bridge consisted of flat-bottomed boats, with longitudinal timbers to connect them, and planks for the flooring, all of which were lashed together with cords, so that they could be quickly assembled and as readily taken apart. The transportation of them required wagons specially constructed for the purpose. Provision had, of course, to be made
nnessee--1864 railroad, including the bean-pole and corn-stalk bridge, had been again destroyed, this time by Federal troops. General Haupt had protested against it, but without avail. On October 26th, after the memorable battle of Antietam, McClellan requested that the Aquia Creek and Fredericksburg railroad wharves and road be reconstructed. Haupt reported that the task was now much more formidable than before; that he had protested against the destruction of the wharves and the tearing ual troops that could have been prevented, and that it was entirely unnecessary. Nothing was done immediately toward this reconstruction, but strict orders were issued to prevent further depredations of similar character. On the replacing of McClellan by Burnside, in 1862, the rebuilding of these structures was carried to completion, and again they were in serviceable condition for the campaign which ended so disastrously to the Federals at Fredericksburg. W. W. Wright was instructed, on
he spring of 1862, when Richmond was threatened by a large Federal army under McClellan, that these forces were united under Johnston's command-Lee continuing as mil information then in the possession of the Confederates, it was supposed that McClellan would change his base to the James in order to have the cooperation of the na foes. The battle of Seven Pines, on May 31st, initiated by Johnston while McClellan's army was divided, stopped the progress of the Federals, but the serious woueral Lee to the command of the Army of Northern Virginia. Lee felt that if McClellan could not be driven out of his entrenchments, there was danger that he would his contingency, Jackson was to fall on the Federal right flank to help drive McClellan from his position. The movement was so skilfully made that the Federal commae defensive, and the history of the Peninsula campaign records the retreat of McClellan instead of a close investment of Richmond. During these operations, the fi